See What You Can Do With A London Terrace
See What You Can Do With A London Terrace

See What You Can Do With A London Terrace


Sometimes you go somewhere and it makes you wonder whether you’re making the best of your own place. That’s what happened to us when we saw this Victorian terrace near Queen’s Park in north-west London – cleverly redone by Spencer & Wedekind. From the ingenious kitchen-dining setup to the gym, studio founders, husband-and-wife team Nicholas Spencer and Sophie von Wedekind gave us a tour of the main spaces…
Photography SARAH HOGAN

The Property

This Victorian terraced house is just off Queen’s Park with an amazing view over London. It has some grand internal proportions, but there was extensive demolition and construction involved in its refurbishment, as well as the major internal reconfiguration of moving the staircase to the side of the house. This gave the client more space, with an unobstructed view from the front of the house to the back of the garden, and allowed us to create a grand entrance foyer, which we felt the proportions of the house demanded. We also added a guest loo, a gym room plus two more bedrooms and a bathroom in the loft, making it a five-bedroom, five-bathroom house.

The clients has an eclectic art collection that inspired us to create a mood of Victorian London meets mid-century Miami. We discovered they loved dark blue and grey, which helped us to create the Victorian London mood; for the Miami vibe we added small pops of yellow, pink, orange and green. The neutrals were Slate shades from Paint & Paper Library and there’s plenty of smoked oak flooring in both basketweave panels and herringbone.

The Entrance Hall 

We reinstated the original Victorian mosaic flooring, added extra dado work on the ceiling and walls, and painted a gloss green section on the ceiling. An oversized central globe lantern is the focal point, while the bespoke metal-framed glazed door has mid-century curves that continue as a detail in other parts of the house.

TABLE: Designed & made by Spencer & Wedekind
JOINERY & WINDOW SEAT:  Designed & made by Spencer & Wedekind
WINDOW SEAT FABRIC: Moucharabieh in Noir by Pierre Frey 
PENDANT: Large Globe by Hector Finch 
PAINT: Oratory by Mylands 
ARTWORK: Clients’ own

The Dining & Sitting Area

This is one of two spaces created out of a single large area. It’s the only open-plan area of the house. The dining space has a feeling of being its own private space without actually being enclosed. On one side is an end-to-end banquette with antique mirroring that looks out onto the garden. The sitting area in front of the garden acts as a good spot to retire after eating and look out over the large garden. The raw brick wall was left unfinished to act as a feature gallery wall.

PENDANT: Franca Large Pivoting Chandelier by Visual Comfort 
DINING CHAIRS: Danish antiques from Max Inc
WALL LIGHTS: Tanto by Bert Frank
SOFA: Custom-made Casa by Camerich
FLOORING: Urbane Living 

The Snug

The client wanted this to be the darkest room in the house to create a cosy snug/cinema room. Thanks to some mid-century lighting and bespoke integrated joinery, it is the ultimate chill-out space, with plenty of lounging space.

RUG: Christopher Farr
SOFA: Jasper in Squid Ink velvet by Love Your Home
CUSHIONS: Wicklewood, Fermoie & OKA 
PAINT: De Nimes by Farrow & Ball

The Study

By moving the staircase and reducing the double-height ceiling of the old kitchen below, we could create this study space. Because the space was small, we gave it a cabin-like feel – the Orient Express meets an ocean liner. There’s lots of panelling, with layers of dark high-gloss burgundy, blue-greys, walnut, oak and brass. We designed and made an art deco-style two-seater in a soft wool herringbone to complete the concept.

JOINERY: Designed & made by Spencer & Wedekind, sprayed in Mylands Oratory with walnut inlays and worktop
WALL LIGHT: Pooky with a Fermoie lampshade
TABLE LAMP: Revolve by Bert Frank 
SOFA: Designed & made by Spencer & Wedekind in a brown herringbone wool

The Living Room

The living room links to the snug through an opening in the wall to which we added sliding double doors. We put panelling on every wall to complement the existing ceiling work, and created oversized bespoke furniture to accommodate the proportions of the room and give ample seating for entertaining.

ARMCHAIRS: Vintage American from Street Marburg Antiques
RUG: Christopher Farr 
OTTOMAN & GREEN ARMCHAIRS: Designed & made by Spencer & Wedekind
OTTOMAN FABRIC: Flavio Bottle Green by George Spencer Design
ARMCHAIR FABRIC: Cassia Fern by Designers Guild
PENDANT: Talia by Visual Comfort 
PAINT: Slate III by Paint & Paper Library 

The Kitchen 

This is the second of two spaces created out of the old open-plan area. To close up the kitchen without losing its open-plan feel, we created a timber frame and pyro-glazed enclosure with multiple doors and a serving window in a style that was appropriate to our concept. Being pyro glazed and with the correct specifications, it adhered to all residential fire regulations – an important consideration! The oak units were stained and the reeded cabinets painted in a deep navy paint. Flashes of colour were added, with ceiling lights painted in hot pink on one side of the enclosure and ‘Miami’ yellow on the other. The stunning marble took months to find and certainly delivers an impact.

UNITS: Designed & made by Spencer & Wedekind
HANDLES: Corston Architectural in unlacquered brass
FLOORING: Urbane Living 

The Main Bedroom & Dressing Room

The bedroom, dressing room and ensuite bathroom were all created from one very large space. Dividing walls were put up – plenty of plaster mouldings, integrated joinery, a wall-to-wall headboard and carefully selected pieces bring the three new spaces to life. 

HEADBOARD: Designed by Spencer & Wedekind in Urbane Carnelian & Town Ochre by Mark Alexander  
PENDANTS: Soho Home 
CUSHIONS: Wicklewood
END-OF-BED BENCH: Quindry Antiques 

The Main Ensuite

With dark blue-grey wall panelling, a black framed shower enclosure, marble mosaic flooring, brass lighting and brass taps, this is a dramatic, moody space that invites the user to unwind from a busy day. 

FLOOR TILES: Artisans Of Devizes
BATH: Millbrook Double Ended by The Cast Iron Bath Company
VANITY UNIT: Designed & made by Spencer & Wedekind

The Family Bathroom

Some key design elements make this bathroom stand out: horizontal wall-to-wall panelling, a walk-in shower area with fluted tiles, a bespoke green vanity with fluted door fronts, mid-century lighting, brass fixtures and taps, and – the secret weapon! – a laundry chute leading to the utility room two floors down. 

PANELLING: BTWN Dog & Wolf, Paint & Paper Library
TOWEL RADIATOR: Unlacquered brass by Bespoke Taps  
SHOWER TILES: Dolly Ceramic in Grey Blue from Artisans Of Devizes
VANITY: Designed & made by Spencer & Wedekind

The Gym

We added timber-ribbed wall panelling, rubber fabric flooring, a copper pendant and a ballet barre along with gym equipment to this spare room and created a home gym for the clients. 

WALL COLOUR: Museum by Mylands
BALLET BAR: The Ballet Bar Company 

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Photographer: Sarah Hogan @SHoganPhoto

Stylist: Hannah Simmons @HSimmonsStylist

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